Mets: Three takeaways from Tuesday’s win over Baltimore
May 5, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) reacts after the final out of the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles in their inter league baseball game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Here are three takeaways from Tuesday’s Mets win over the Orioles…
Colon was dominant
Bartolo Colon shook off his last start – which was just so-so – while thoroughly dominating the Orioles over 7.2 innings of one-run ball. Colon’s only blemish was a solo home run he allowed in the seventh.
Aside from the fact that Colon again didn’t walk a batter while striking out a season-high nine, was that he did it without his best fastball.
While Colon’s fastball didn’t have the extra oomph it’s had at times this season, the movement on it was fantastic, freezing Orioles hitters all night.
The way Colon has pitched so far this season – along with the presence of Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom – has given the Mets three legitimate top of the rotation starters. While it’s perhaps a bit unfair to expect Colon to keep pitching this well, there’s nothing you’ll see when looking at his peripherals that leads you to believe what he’s done so far is a fluke.
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